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Jon Flanagan could be perfect solution to problem Celtic position

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Jon Flanagan could be perfect solution to problem Celtic position

The defender worked under Celtic boss Rodgers at Liverpool.

Celtic look set to win yet another Scottish Premiership title under Brendan Rodgers this season. Despite some rocky patches and a brief period where Rangers started to gain ground on their Old Firm rivals, the Bhoys are in the driving seat once again.

But some improvements need to be made to the squad if Celtic are going to continue their dominance of Scottish football.

One area in particular that needs to be addressed is the right-back position. Mikael Lustig’s best years certainly appear to be behind him whilst the likes of Christian Gamboa and Dedryck Boyata cannot be considered long-term solutions.

So who could Celtic boss Rodgers bring in to improve the position?

One name that immediately springs to mind is his former Liverpool full-back, Jon Flanagan.

Back in the 2013-14 season Rodgers nearly guided a Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to the Premier League title. His left-back for much of the season was the breakout performer Flanagan.

He was excellent whether asked to play at left or his natural position of right-back as Liverpool finished a close second to Manchester City. Flanagan’s impressive form even saw him make the England standby list for the World Cup that summer.

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Since then, Flanagan has seen his career harpooned by injuries. Knee problems left him out of action for much of the two seasons after. Off the field, woes have also blighted the young Liverpudlian.

But he is currently proving his fitness during a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers and a fresh start for the player in Glasgow could be the perfect move. Flanagan would fit in perfectly to the Celtic side at right-back and would also offer them options as a left-back cover.

It is easy to forget just how close Flanagan came to winning the Premier League and heading to the World Cup just four years ago. Rodgers will certainly have not forgotten about his former full-back and there won’t be many better options available to Celtic this summer if they are to strengthen the right-back position.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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